Br. Barnabas McHenry, O.P.
This school year, professors at the PFIC collaborated with other prominent Catholics to produce The Beauty of Faith, an hour-long EWTN special written and produced by PFIC faculty member Dr. Jem Sullivan that was broadcast in mid- November. An initiative of the PFIC’s mission to present contemporary culture with the beauty of the Catholic faith, the documentary takes viewers on a spectacular sensory pilgrimage of beautiful sacred art, music, architecture, and literature.
“Beauty is the visible form of truth and goodness,” said Dr. Sullivan, who, in addition to teaching at the PFIC, has been a docent at the National Gallery of Art. “The PFIC endeavors to cultivate the beauty of the faith through its mission and dedication to the contemplation of truth within the Thomistic theological synthesis, and the pursuit of virtue in Dominican community life.” The documentary has been widely praised as a model for the New Evangelization: showcasing the inherent beauty and splendor of the Catholic faith through an innovative media project.
Joining Dr. Sullivan in the production are several of her PFIC colleagues. Fathers Basil Cole, O.P., and Thomas Joseph White, O.P., offer insightful reflections on the notion of beauty in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. PFIC alumnus and current director of the Schola Cantorum of the Dominican House of Studies, Fr. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P., shares considerations on the vital place of Gregorian Chant in the Church. Fr. John Martin Ruiz, O.P., PFIC librarian, offers a glimpse at some rare books from the library’s rare book collection. Finally, the exquisite photography of current PFIC student Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P., lent a visual depth and beauty to the entire program.
Dr. Sullivan is pleased that the Dominican presence in the documentary does not escape notice. “Many viewers across the country noted their delight in seeing the many ways in which the Dominicans of the PFIC continue in the tradition of their renowned Dominican brother, the friar artist, Fra Angelico, through their dedicated service of the Church in extending the mission of evangelizing culture with the Gospel light of truth, goodness, and beauty.”